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Bar Tape Vs. No Bar Tape

Old 04-22-09, 01:25 PM
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Bar Tape Vs. No Bar Tape

Finally getting my new build finished up and I'm going with a new bar setup.
I usually ride with risers bars but I've picked up some drops to try out.

My question is I see an awful lot of people riding drops with no bar tape and I'm wondering if there is an advantage besides aesthetics?
I would wears gloves if I go with no tape(especially in the winter) but what do people who have ridden with bar tape and without it think are the pros and cons.

(And yes I realize the obvious functions of bar tape is for shock absorption, sweating, etc.)
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Old 04-22-09, 01:27 PM
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Drops with no bar tape is stupid as hell and anyone doing that is a Bad Person.
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Old 04-22-09, 01:29 PM
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i dont think there are any pros to having no bartape.
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No bar tape is solely for fashion.
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Tape your bars, there is no benefit. It is even more comfortable to have a little bit of a squishy tape for comfort.
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Old 04-22-09, 01:58 PM
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I've ridden both ways and I can tell you that with bar tape, your callouses will thank you. It's not a huge deal though IMO ... kinda like riding brakeless on the street. Obviously having brakes is a little more functional but it's not really that much of a difference in most situations.
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Old 04-22-09, 02:11 PM
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Originally Posted by devilshaircut View Post
I've ridden both ways and I can tell you that with bar tape, your callouses will thank you. It's not a huge deal though IMO ... kinda like riding brakeless on the street. Obviously having brakes is a little more functional but it's not really that much of a difference in most situations.
Uh, yea. They are both exactly the same..the only real reason to do without them is to follow the "cool" kids, and not having them is idiotic.
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Originally Posted by Roy G. Biv View Post
(And yes I realize the obvious functions of bar tape is for shock absorption, sweating, etc.)
The more important function is grip.

As for no bar tape, there's no benefit other than looks. Most people will also assume you don't ride very much so even then you're not getting a ton of benefit in the looks department
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Old 04-22-09, 02:19 PM
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Originally Posted by elTwitcho View Post
The more important function is grip.

As for no bar tape, there's no benefit other than looks. Most people will also assume you don't ride very much so even then you're not getting a ton of benefit in the looks department
Also keeps your hands from getting that gross metallic feel/smell. Hah. Although I guess CF bars wouldn't have this problem.

I didn't realize the cool kids were riding without bar tape these days. Pretty soon, they will be riding without wheels.

Anyhow, like I said before, for casual riding, either way is not a huge difference, imo.
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Old 04-22-09, 02:56 PM
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why is riding with no bartape even an option? why would someone even think to do that.

I find myself asking that question a lot lately to all these new fads: WHY?!


p.s.- I think white bartape looks cool.
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Old 04-22-09, 03:15 PM
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when I see people riding without bar tape I just want to ride up to them and slap them.
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Old 04-22-09, 03:18 PM
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It's all about no bars at all - just grab the stem, brooooooo
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Old 04-22-09, 03:39 PM
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I don't see the big deal if you wear gloves while you ride. I ride with just cloth tape, has no shock absorption or cushioning, just grippy.
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Old 04-22-09, 03:52 PM
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Originally Posted by devilshaircut View Post
Pretty soon, they will be riding without wheels.
At the rate these wheels are shrinking that might just happen:

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why is riding with no bartape even an option? why would someone even think to do that.
Because it's "cool". My favorite, the guys who have the track drops, with the grips on the lower part of the drop, but then run a brake on the tapeless flat part of the handlebar, as if there's any time when grip is irrelevant, it's when you're grabbing the brake.
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Old 04-22-09, 04:18 PM
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no bar tape looks dumb IMO. and If you are used to having tape, especially comfortable tape, you will be able to feel the difference. It makes it so much more comfortable.
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Old 04-22-09, 05:24 PM
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I was riding without tape for a while on my RB021s, since I mostly rode on the flats and grips were on the horns. I wasn't wearing my gloves as much then, but, once you start sweating when it is hot outside, your bars become slippery. It just isn't comfortable, so I taped mine up the other day.
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Old 04-22-09, 06:59 PM
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Let's see,

Pros: Enormous improvements to grip quality, comfort, control, consistency and aesthetics (who the hell actually thinks untaped bars look cool? It just makes them look unfinished, like the bike's out for a test ride before finishing up the cockpit). Your bars don't get slippery or cold, you can cover as much bar as you can use and nothing gets dented or scratched if and when your steering column flops to the side when off the bike.

Cons: you have to pay $10 and you have to put it on the bars.

Deciding whether or not to use bar tape is like deciding whether or not to wear clothes when you ride.

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Old 04-22-09, 07:06 PM
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No bar tape on drops = moron. If you are riding to the candy store just up the street to buy a tootsie roll, fine. If you are RIDING your bike, you need bar tape.
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Old 04-22-09, 07:13 PM
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if i had really nice drop bars that looks really good naked~ i think i'd keep it naked even tho i know i'd get palm peigns~
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Old 04-22-09, 07:33 PM
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they make clear grips and clear tape so no that would still be stupid
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Old 04-22-09, 07:54 PM
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People who 'rock' the no bar tape look probably also kill cute little fluffy kittens.
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Old 04-22-09, 08:05 PM
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wrap your bars, no excuses.
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Old 04-22-09, 08:27 PM
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Ive been riding b123s for several weeks now with track grips on the drops and nothing up top. I bought them this way and havent gotten around to wrapping them yet. I ride the tops 95% of the time, Ill admit. They may get a little slippery if my hands sweat, but I really dont see what the big deal is. Preference is preference. Some people like the look of no wrap on top and grips down low. So far it hasnt been a problem for me. And I know Im not the only one. MOST of the pictures Ive seen on this forum of bikes that have track drops are NOT wrapped (at least on top).


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Old 04-22-09, 09:20 PM
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So if you ride your track bars on the tops 95% of the time the only proper thing to do is to leave them bare because most of the people who ride track bars do so?
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